“Apple Inc. will introduce two netbooks at the MacWorld Conference and Expo next month that will be tied to the company’s App Store, as is its iPhone, an analyst said today,” Gregg Keizer reports for Computerworld.
“‘I don’t have any inside information,’ said Ezra Gottheil of Technology Business Research Inc., as he spelled out his take on Apple’s next hardware move. ‘This is just by triangulation,'” Keizer reports.
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Keizer continues, “Citing evidence that included the gloomy economy, climbing sales of the least-expensive laptops and comments CEO Steve Jobs made in October, Gottheil said Apple would show a pair of netbooks at January’s conference, then as it did two years before with the iPhone, put it on the market midyear.”
“Unlike other computer makers, Apple has avoided the bottom of the market, leaving it vulnerable as $300-$400 netbook sales have surged. The problem with producing a netbook, Gottheil said then, was that if it was simply a stripped-down MacBook, Apple ran the risk of cannibalizing sales of its higher-priced, and higher-margin, notebooks,” Keizer reports. “Apple, in effect, needs something completely different, Gottheil said.”
Keizer reports, “That’s why he believes Apple will introduce netbooks next year that, like the company’s iPhone, will exist in an Apple-controlled ‘closed system’ where software is delivered via the App Store, device restore is done from iTunes, backup is available through an optional online service, most likely MobileMe, and peripheral and add-on choices will be limited.”
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